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(Philly.com)   The first gas station opened on this day in 1913, selling gas at the same price subby paid in 1969   (philly.com ) divider line
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2013-12-01 07:24:52 PM  
OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?
 
2013-12-01 07:38:51 PM  

bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?


Beans?
 
2013-12-01 07:57:00 PM  

bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?


They got their trusted old family musket down from above the fireplace and shot some wild gas just like the Revolutionaries did. Duh..
 
2013-12-01 08:01:33 PM  

bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?


Mail order.
 
2013-12-01 08:03:14 PM  
FTA:  And while 27 cents per gallon may seem like a bargain, factoring inflation tells a different story. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that was the equivalent of $6.39 per gallon in today's dollars.

So does this mean we need to STFU about gas being $3.35 a gallon?
 
2013-12-01 08:10:43 PM  
Gas was still $.27 a gallon in 1972
 
2013-12-01 08:15:05 PM  

wiseolddude: Gas was still $.27 a gallon in 1972


I remember when it got over .30, and distinctly remember the first time I paid over a dollar.
 
2013-12-01 08:19:21 PM  

bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?


Well, according to the article it said people bought it from barrels at roadside shacks.

A show I saw once showed a general store selling it in glass jars. Sounds safe enough.
 
2013-12-01 08:25:28 PM  
Would it have killed them to look back in the archives for a photo?
 
2013-12-01 08:36:44 PM  

bluorangefyre: FTA:  And while 27 cents per gallon may seem like a bargain, factoring inflation tells a different story. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that was the equivalent of $6.39 per gallon in today's dollars.

So does this mean we need to STFU about gas being $3.35 a gallon?


I noticed this when we had a thread like a year ago now about how long Cokes cost a nickel.  Based on inflation, we pay almost the exact same amount for single-sized bottles of Coke as they did back then.  It's kind of uncanny.
 
2013-12-01 08:54:59 PM  

buzzcut73: Would it have killed them to look back in the archives for a photo?


That's because they linked a Philly website to a 'Burgh story.

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2013/12/01/FILL-ER-UP/stories/2 01 312010079
 
2013-12-01 09:18:08 PM  

wiseolddude: Gas was still $.27 a gallon in 1972


It was exactly 50 cents in the summer of 1976. I used to walk down to the corner gas station with the gallon can and buy gasoline for the lawn mower.
Two quarters to fill the can.
 
2013-12-01 09:34:54 PM  

MFAWG: wiseolddude: Gas was still $.27 a gallon in 1972

I remember when it got over .30, and distinctly remember the first time I paid over a dollar.


Seems like it hung around a dollar for most of my high school career, and going over a dollar was "a thing" for us. I can remember discussing with classmates whether it would ever get to $2, and deciding that if it did, there would be rioting in the streets.

Although I could swear there were a couple months sometime in that time frame where it got really low, like $.55 low.
 
2013-12-01 10:10:32 PM  

non-racer X: buzzcut73: Would it have killed them to look back in the archives for a photo?

That's because they linked a Philly website to a 'Burgh story.

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2013/12/01/FILL-ER-UP/stories/2 01 312010079


Blasphemy!
 
2013-12-01 10:15:08 PM  

FriarReb98: bluorangefyre: FTA:  And while 27 cents per gallon may seem like a bargain, factoring inflation tells a different story. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that was the equivalent of $6.39 per gallon in today's dollars.

So does this mean we need to STFU about gas being $3.35 a gallon?

I noticed this when we had a thread like a year ago now about how long Cokes cost a nickel.  Based on inflation, we pay almost the exact same amount for single-sized bottles of Coke as they did back then.  It's kind of uncanny.


By gum, by golly, a nickel, can you imagine that?
 
2013-12-01 10:53:34 PM  
Okay, but when did we start instigating foreign wars and installing dictators to get cheap oil?
 
2013-12-01 11:12:10 PM  

MrEricSir: Okay, but when did we start instigating foreign wars and installing dictators to get cheap oil?


Whale oil?
 
2013-12-01 11:29:50 PM  
"We can't be outta gas! I just put in 59 cents worth three days ago!"

-Cheech Marin
 
2013-12-01 11:29:54 PM  
General stores handled it in steel cans alongside kerosene and lamp oil. Then the barrels mentioned, then gravity pumps, then vane meter pumps we have today.
 
2013-12-01 11:30:47 PM  

MrEricSir: Okay, but when did we start instigating foreign wars and installing dictators to get cheap oil?


Remember how there was an Ottoman empire and then there wasn't one after WW1 and the oil companies swarmed into Iran?
 
2013-12-01 11:31:37 PM  

FriarReb98: I noticed this when we had a thread like a year ago now about how long Cokes cost a nickel.  Based on inflation, we pay almost the exact same amount for single-sized bottles of Coke as they did back then.  It's kind of uncanny.


It doesn't cost anything to make, so they probably just track inflation with it.
 
2013-12-01 11:32:57 PM  

wildcardjack: MrEricSir: Okay, but when did we start instigating foreign wars and installing dictators to get cheap oil?

Remember how there was an Ottoman empire and then there wasn't one after WW1 and the oil companies swarmed into Iran?


This is as good of a time as any to point out that everyone in the world should read "The Prize" by Daniel Yergin.
 
2013-12-02 12:11:53 AM  

MFAWG: wiseolddude: Gas was still $.27 a gallon in 1972

I remember when it got over .30, and distinctly remember the first time I paid over a dollar.


What made that so noticeable for me was seeing the dollars spin around faster than the gallons. Well, that and when the new pumps showed up with the extra digit.
 
2013-12-02 01:43:10 AM  
photos.imageevent.com

And it's still pretty near the price you'd pay today IF you use real money.
 
2013-12-02 02:37:37 AM  

non-racer X: buzzcut73: Would it have killed them to look back in the archives for a photo?

That's because they linked a Philly website to a 'Burgh story.

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2013/12/01/FILL-ER-UP/stories/2 01 312010079


So at the end of the 1920s, there were more gas stations open with far less people and far fewer cars on the road than there are today.  No wonder gas is $3.35; we have 50,000 less places selling it than we did 85-90 years ago... and a metric assload of more people and cars.
 
2013-12-02 02:44:25 AM  

zamboni: bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?

Well, according to the article it said people bought it from barrels at roadside shacks.

A show I saw once showed a general store selling it in glass jars. Sounds safe enough.


Go to Indonesia. There are roadside stands that sell gas in old vodka bottles. Usually Absolut.
 
2013-12-02 03:11:18 AM  

HotWingAgenda: zamboni: bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?

Well, according to the article it said people bought it from barrels at roadside shacks.

A show I saw once showed a general store selling it in glass jars. Sounds safe enough.

Go to Indonesia. There are roadside stands that sell gas in old vodka bottles. Usually Absolut.


In Nigeria they steal the crude oil, distill it in the forest using a distillery that looks like a moonshiner's wildest nightmare, and sell it in anything that holds petroleum.

static.guim.co.uk
 
2013-12-02 03:22:27 AM  
I remember the Phillips 66 commercial where the young guy pulls into the station in his GTO convertible and tell the attendant to put 15 cents in.  The girl he's with smiles and cuddles up to him and then the guy holds up another dime and a nickel and says "Put another 15 cents in."

Those days are long gone.
 
2013-12-02 03:39:57 AM  

wildcardjack: In Nigeria they steal the crude oil, distill it in the forest using a distillery that looks like a moonshiner's wildest nightmare, and sell it in anything that holds petroleum.


In the US, we call that real capitalism.
 
2013-12-02 03:41:52 AM  

MFAWG: wiseolddude: Gas was still $.27 a gallon in 1972

I remember when it got over .30, and distinctly remember the first time I paid over a dollar.


We all have our personal problems.   I remember the first time I paid $2 for a pack of cigarettes.  I also remember when gas was under a dollar.  Good times.

Subby sounds old.  I'm getting there.  And would you stay off my farking lawn?
 
2013-12-02 03:53:19 AM  
When I got married it was around #.30 and then it jumped up to $.55 a gallon and you could only buy it every other day.  Kind of sucked, but even in the 70's we didn't drive nearly as much as we do today.
 
2013-12-02 04:06:27 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: bluorangefyre: OK, quick question:  how did people get gas before 1913?

They got their trusted old family musket down from above the fireplace and shot some wild gas just like the Revolutionaries did. Duh..


2.bp.blogspot.com
Agrees.
 
2013-12-02 05:50:53 AM  
It smells like grandma's house in here.
 
2013-12-02 01:32:04 PM  
Back in '73, I had a 200 gallon gravity feed tank at my parents house for my gasoline. The farm coop gave you the tank for free, if you had them fill it regularly. Gas stations, and petroleum dealers used to give away all kinds of free stuff, like air for your tires. Now days, don't let the the door hit you on the arse on the way out, and every little thing is extra.....
 
2013-12-02 04:36:13 PM  

bluorangefyre: non-racer X: buzzcut73: Would it have killed them to look back in the archives for a photo?

That's because they linked a Philly website to a 'Burgh story.

http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2013/12/01/FILL-ER-UP/stories/2 01 312010079

So at the end of the 1920s, there were more gas stations open with far less people and far fewer cars on the road than there are today.  No wonder gas is $3.35; we have 50,000 less places selling it than we did 85-90 years ago... and a metric assload of more people and cars.


An old timey gas station would have one or two pumps.  A modern gas station probably has a dozen or more.  If you count the number of pumps as opposed to the number of stations, there is a very significant increase.
 
2013-12-02 05:40:36 PM  

Hollie Maea: wildcardjack: MrEricSir: Okay, but when did we start instigating foreign wars and installing dictators to get cheap oil?

Remember how there was an Ottoman empire and then there wasn't one after WW1 and the oil companies swarmed into Iran?

This is as good of a time as any to point out that everyone in the world should read "The Prize" by Daniel Yergin.


Cool, thanks for that.
 
2013-12-02 06:22:45 PM  
I love how our nostalgia is now measured by the inflation of the dollar.
 
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